Opera Superstar Renée Fleming to perform with San Antonio Symphony
When: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Majestic Theatre
Tickets: Individual Symphony concert tickets range from $11.75 to $64.75 and are available to purchase at the Symphony Box Office or by calling (210) 554.1010 or visiting www.sasymphony.org. Patrons can also visit any Ticketmaster location, www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000 for concert tickets.
On Wednesday, March 7, 2012, opera superstar Renée Fleming will perform with the San Antonio Symphony under the direction of Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and takes place in the Majestic Theatre. Renée Fleming is one of the truly magnificent voices of our time. Sebastian Lang-Lessing and Fleming begin a two-week national tour together with this San Antonio Symphony special event.
Ms. Fleming’s program will include Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Gounod’s “Jewel Song” from Faust, a new work by Ricky Ian Gordon and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Known as “the people’s diva” and named the number one female singer by Salzburger Festspiele Magazin in 2010, she continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media. Over the past few seasons, Ms. Fleming has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live From Lincoln Center on PBS. A three-time Grammy winner, Ms. Fleming won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for Verismo (Decca/September 2009), a CD featuring a collection of rarely heard Italian arias. In June 2010, Decca and Mercury records released the CD Dark Hope, which features Ms. Fleming covering songs by indie-rock and pop artists. Recent DVD releases include Massenet’s Thaïs and Rossini’s Armida, both part of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series, and Verdi’s Traviata, filmed at London’s Royal Opera House. Ms. Fleming's 2010 DVD Renée Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky: A Musical Odyssey in St. Petersburg follows Ms. Fleming and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky to Russia, where they explore and perform in some of St. Petersburg's most historic locations. In recent years, this thirteen-time Grammy nominated artist has recorded everything from Strauss’s complete Daphne to the jazz album Haunted Heart to the movie soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Her recording honors range from the 2009 Echo Award for Strauss’s Four Last Songs to the Prix Maria Callas Orphée d’Or by the Académie du Disque Lyric for TDK’s DVD production of Capriccio.
"America's Beautiful Voice", soprano Renée Fleming has a devoted international following wherever she appears, whether on the operatic stage, in concert or recital, on television, radio or on disc. Vogue called Fleming, “the most gorgeous and busiest opera star on the circuit.” The Toronto Globe and Mail said, “Fleming's lyric soprano has the one thing that every great singer needs, an unmistakable, distinctive, individual timbre. Commanding intelligence and musicianship take the gift even further, allowing her to interpret ad communicate on the highest level.” Visit http://www.reneefleming.com for more information.
Ms. Fleming’s appearance is sponsored by a generous grant from The Russell Hill Fund for the Arts. Additional support for this performance has been provided by Carolyn A. Seale and Carol Lee Klose.
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